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Corpse Suzette (Savannah Reid Mysteries) Hardcover – April 25, 2006

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Product Details

  • Series: Savannah Reid Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (April 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758204620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758204622
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,610,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In McKevett's entertaining if predictable 11th Savannah Reid mystery (after 2005's Murder à la Mode), the California PI teams up with her police buddy, Dirk Coulter, to locate the titular Suzette Du Bois, a prominent plastic surgeon who went missing right before the grand opening of her new salon and surgery, Emerge. Suzette's business partner and ex-husband is desperate to locate her, because she has absconded with his money—lots of it. Savannah and Dirk must crack an anonymous offshore account and make a quick trip to a swanky resort island in their hunt for answers. Folded into the intrigue is a bit of social commentary, as full-figured Savannah gently critiques a beauty industry that values thinness and angles over girth and curves. (May)
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"A well-constracted mystery with several surprising twists that keep the reader guessing till the end." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Since publication of her first novel in 1986, Sonja Massie has authored over sixty published works, including the highly popular and critically acclaimed SAVANNAH REID MYSTERIES under the pseudonym G. A. McKevett.

Sonja's novels range from Irish historicals to contemporary thrillers. Her earthy humor and fast-paced plots delight her fans, while critics applaud her offbeat characterizations and incisive observations on human nature.

Irish by ancestry, Sonja has authored two non-fiction books on the history of Ireland: THE COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO IRISH HISTORY AND CULTURE and IRISH PRIDE: 101 REASONS TO BE PROUD YOU'RE IRISH. Both books impart detailed knowledge of the complex and controversial Irish story with a light hand and plenty of humor. Her Irish novels include: DREAM CARVER, CAROUSEL, DAUGHTER OF IRELAND and the bestselling FAR AND AWAY - the novelization of the Ron Howard movie starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.

On nationwide tours, Sonja lectures to published and "pre-published" authors in her workshop, "The Novel Approach," a seminar which covers such topics as: story structure, characterization, plotting, pacing, and marketing manuscripts.

Sonja has taught numerous courses at university and adult continuing education facilities including: general fiction, historical research, and mystery writing. She was managing editor at "Single Living" magazine and has functioned as a manuscript doctor and storyline editor for major publishers. Earlier in her career, she was a prolific ghostwriter, authoring both fictional and non-fictional books for celebrities and professionals.

Having lived in Los Angeles, Toronto, and County Kerry, Ireland, she now resides in New York.

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A good summer (or anytime) read.
Genie Mcmillan
I'd never read any of this series before, but it's laugh outloud funny, and I'm hooked!
Witty, exiting, excellent mistery books.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. McGraw on June 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
CORPSE SUZETTE by G.A. McKevett is the eleventh in the Savannah Reid Mystery series. One of the delights of this series is that you can read each book independently of the others and still understand the characters and situations.

Savannah, transplanted from Georgia, is a police officer turned private investigator in San Carmelita, California. Her wit and southern wisdom are a hit in this series.

Police detective and close friend Dirk Coulter and Savannah share information, stakeouts, food and adventures in this series, along with her vegetarian assistant, Tammy. Do you have the feeling that food is important in this series? It is, but it's not a story with recipes. Savannah and Dirk simply enjoy eating.

Voluptuous or a little overweight, depending on your point of view, Savannah likes herself and good food. She can't understand why women would diet and torture themselves with surgery to slim down. When Tammy invites her heavyset cousin for a visit after winning a makeover contest for her, Savannah's world takes a new turn. Tammy has asked Savannah to host Cousin Abigail at her home because Tammy doesn't have room.

Abigail is touchy about her weight situation and more than a little ornery. When Abigail suddenly decides to cooperate and claim her prize, everyone is suspicious of her motives; especially after Suzette Du Bois, the plastic surgeon at San Carmelita's new luxury spa, disappears.

Sure that Ms. Du Bois is dead, Savannah and Dirk take on the missing person case along with various employees at the spa, including Du Bois' ex-husband who swears she's hiding because she stole money from him. Then there's Myrna Cooper, receptionist at the spa, who has a permanent look of surprise on her face from too many anti-aging procedures.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
To get totally caught up on the Savannah Reid series, I picked up Corpse Suzette by G. A. McKevett from the library the other day. And as per normal, the characters and story line didn't disappoint...

This installment centers around a luxury spa and a missing plastic surgeon. Savannah's partner, Tammy, won a contest for a complete makeover and surgery session for her cousin Abigail. Abby is quite overweight and bitter, and really wants no part of this. She grudgingly goes along with everything, but the big name plastic surgeon goes missing the day before the big event. The surgeon, Suzette Du Bois (and the source of the title pun), is nowhere to be found, and San Carmelita detective Dirk Coulter doesn't know if he's investigating a missing persons or a homicide case. Without the star surgeon, the spa is sure to go under, and everyone working at the spa looks like a potential suspect if Du Bois is indeed dead. Savannah has to balance her identity as a private detective and a (phony) reporter to get staff to talk with her, and each new revelation points to a different likely killer. But things really get complex when Du Bois' cheating husband, a very likely suspect, turns up dead himself. The missing Du Bois could now be a killer herself, and there's no telling where she might be and why she left...

This particular story had an ending I certainly didn't see coming. And I pretty much had to read it all the way through in order to find out "who dun it". The side story running through the whole novel is Abigail's outlook on her overweight body and how it's made her so negative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M.V. VINE VOICE on May 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I just love the interaction between the characters in these books. Savannah ends up solving a mystery (or a couple of them) at a Spa. The mystery is light, but not to light, with lots of Southern charm. A big plus is that you don't have to read these books in order (imho), but once you have read one, you will have to read all of them. Highly recommended.
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San Carmelita private detective Savannah Reid is allowing her assistant's cousin Abigail to stay at her apartment while they both get a complete makeover at Emerge, a high class spa. Abigail is not easy to get along with because she hates her Junoesque body while Savannah who is also overweight is comfortable with hers. Abigail's' makeover is halted when one of the owners Suzette DuBois disappears baffling the police who are not sure a crime occurred and if one did was it a homicide.

Emerge's other owner, Suzette's former husband Sergio D'Allesandro, hires Savannah to find his ex wife because he insists she took one and a half million dollars form his bank account. After doing some investigating with her friend Police Detective Dirk, they find Sergio's body at Emerge. Toxicology affirms what Savannah suspected that he was murdered. She and the police seek the missing Suzette, who each feels is either the killer or the next victim.

G.A. McKevett writes a sparkling witty and exciting whodunit that is low on gore but big on clues so fans of cozies and armchair sleuths will fully appreciate. The heroine seems like a real person with her acceptance of who she is physically as a big athletic woman and her need for justice. Once again Savannah stars in a totally exciting mystery.

Harriet Klausner
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